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Dr Gulam Patel

Consultant Rheumatologist


Practices at: The Princess Margaret Hospital, The Runnymede Hospital, Syon Clinic

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Personal Profile

Dr Gulam Patel trained at Cambridge & London Universities from 1981-87.  Following General Medical training he underwent six years of Rheumatology specialisation on the South London Rheumatology Training Programme.  He has over thirty years of experience as a Doctor, with more than twenty years as a Consultant in Rheumatology & General Internal Medicine at Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH) and in private practice.  

Dr Patel specialises in General Rheumatology and his breadth of experience allows him to enjoy an interest in a wide range of conditions: osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory joint disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis & psoriatic arthritis, joint & soft tissue injection therapy, fibromyalgia, hypermobility, tendonitis, crystal arthritis including gout & pseudogout, neck & back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, connective tissue disorders such as systemic lupus, scleroderma, myositis & Sjogrens syndrome and sports injuries.  He relishes the challenge of diagnostic conundrums, especially those which overlap between Rheumatology & General Internal Medicine such as fatigue, arthralgia, myalgia and pain conditions. 

He practices a holistic approach with an emphasis on history and examination, combined with the most appropriate tests, to reach a diagnosis and design a bespoke care plan, tailored & personalised for the individual.  As a traditional physician with a modern approach, he combines courtesy and compassion for the concerns & needs of the patient, with an evidence-based approach to treatment.  He ensures that they are fully involved and well-informed.  

Dr Patel is currently the Clinical Lead for Rheumatology services at ASPH where he has been instrumental in setting up the Early Arthritis Clinic. His contribution to high quality healthcare has been recognised by the award of three Clinical Excellence Awards. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007.

The secretarial service is highly responsive with the opportunity for contact via telephone, fax, text message and email.  They always strive to make appointments available, at short notice if required, at a time that suits the patient at one of the private practice clinics.

He has a passion for education recognised by the award of the prestigious Teaching Excellence Award from Imperial College and Imperial College Principal Clinical Teacher status.  His Clinical Lead for Undergraduate Medicine post combines the roles of Director of Clinical Studies at Imperial College with Undergraduate Sub-Dean at St Georges, University of London.

Dr Patel is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Clinical Interests

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory joint disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis & psoriatic arthritis
  • Joint & soft tissue injection therapy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypermobility
  • Tendonitis
  • Crystal arthritis including gout & pseudogout
  • Neck & back pain
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Connective tissue disorders such as systemic lupus, scleroderma, myositis & Sjogrens syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Diagnostic conundrums such as fatigue, arthralgia, myalgia and chronic pain conditions

Professional Membership

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • British Medical Association
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London